HP’s updated Z Workstations will give Apple iMac Pro a run for its money



HP today revealed their next generation workstation portfolio. The HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 Desktop Workstations are equipped with powerful specs, improved security features and innovative design that will future-proof the device to support VR, machine learning and advanced design. These workstations will compete against Apple’s upcoming iMac Pro which will support up to 18-core processors, 128GB memory, 4TB storage and 16GB graphics.

HP claims that the new Z8 G4 is the most powerful workstation on the planet. HP Z8 G4 Workstation will allow users to run 3D simulations and edit 8K video in real time. Users can configure this workstation with dual CPUs, up to 56 processing cores (latest Intel Xeon processors), up to 3 TB of main memory (expanded using 24 memory slots), 48TB storage and up to NVIDIA Quadro P6000 Graphics (24 GB GDDR5X dedicated).

It also comes with an all new ID with inventive ducting that routes fresh air to the second CPU, rather than recycling warm air expelled from the ducting on the first CPU. A split chassis architecture enables rear access to the hefty 1700 W power supply with a locking mechanism, 24 DIMMs, and a total of 9 PCIe slots (7 full length, full height PCIe slots and two internal PCIe “personality” slots). The tool-less chassis will allow users to quickly and easily access the interior for upgrades and maintenance. Also, the new acoustic design allows full range configuartions to run cool and quiet.

The new HP Z6 G4 Workstation supports the latest professional graphics, 384 GB of system memory, and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs. And the new HP Z4 G4 Workstation is the most affordable of them all. It can also be configured with Intel Xeon processor family for great performance.

The new HP Z workstations can be configured with Thunderbolt 3 ports and Dual 1GbE Ports (standard) to support the high bandwidth data transfer. And they offer modular front IO with USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports. The Z8 and Z6 models each support an optional dual 10 GbE network module for high speed networking at half the cost of current HP Workstations, and without consuming a PCIe expansion slot.

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